Most restaurants would be so lucky to have the kind of selections found at UC Davis’ special-collections cellar. Housed at the school’s Robert Mondavi Institute, the cellar contains a multitude of rare wines, including California classics and decades-old bottles from the stars of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The bottles themselves are donations to the school from alumni and others.
And a few times a year, some of the stars of this cellar are uncorked in a tasting led by Darrell Corti. The next installment of this Vintage Wine Tasting series will take place March 19 at the Robert Mondavi Institute, with a focus on Bordeaux from the 1960s and a Sauternes from 1970. As always, Corti will speak about the specific wines in terms of their history and production methods while Matthew Lewis of wineCentric and a crew of assistants help pour.
Past editions of this tasting have attracted noted winemakers and sommeliers from the Sacramento area, along with UC Davis viticulture and enology students and wine enthusiasts who savor the chance to taste rare wines. Here’s the lineup for March 19, and just a few seats remain:
1968 Château Haut-Brion
1968 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou
1967 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
1967 Château Mouton Rothschild
1963 Château Latour
1970 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes
Tickets cost $200, with proceeds going toward UC Davis’ department of viticulture and enology. A reception featuring wines from Three Clicks will follow the tasting. For more information: (970) 376-1222 or click here to purchase tickets.